18 Sep

Kiplagat To Defend Great Scottish Run Title

Edna KiplagatTwo-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat is returning to Glasgow to defend her title at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run on Sunday 4 October. The 36-year-old Kenyan will face stiff competition in the women's race with two reigning European champions from Britain also running.

Jo Pavey – winner of the European 10,000m title in Zurich last year and of a Commonwealth 5000m bronze medallist at Hampden Park – announced her participation earlier this year. The 41-year-old Exeter Harrier will also be joined on the start line by Charnwood’s Gemma Steel, winner of the senior women’s title at the European Cross Country Championships in Samakov, Bulgaria, in December last year.
 
Pavey and Steel face a tough challenge in Glasgow if Kiplagat manages to repeat the form she produced in the 2014 race. The Kenyan, who won last year’s London Marathon, finished a clear victor in 67 minutes 57 seconds, breaking Joyce Chepchumba’s 14-year-old course record by 55 seconds.
 
Kiplagat said of the race: “It’s one of the best courses I’ve run on. It’s mostly flat but with some small hills. That’s a good combination.”
 
The elite men’s field for the Great Scottish Run half features Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto, holder of the world record for the marathon, while Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie is to bid his competitive running farewell in the 10k city centre race earlier in the day.
 
Entries for the half marathon close at 10am on Tuesday (22 September). To enter either the 10k or the half marathon at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run visit the event website.

Image courtesy Great Run/Dan Vernon